Growing In My Walk With Jesus

“Poem and Rhyme,

One step at a time.

Growing in my walk with You.

 

Faithful You lead.

Guiding ahead,

As only a Shepherd can do.

 

“This is the way…”

To joy filled days

Allowing Jesus to lead you through.

 

With each morning start,

There’s peace in my heart

As I rest in His

Promise and Truth.”

Poem by denisebalog


“He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry.

As soon as He hears it, He answers you…

saying,

 “This is the way, walk in it…” Isaiah 30:19-21 (ESV)


I’ve been a bit quiet on posting.

I’m growing…

looking forward to sharing more soon!

blessings,

denise

I Will Comfort You in Jerusalem

Encouraged again by neighbor Butterfly Mind

http://andreabadgley.com/2015/08/15/practice-makes-progress/

and her post on a favorite pillow, her words brought

my comfort or Promise blanket to mind.


In an attempt to write, as with a pencil, and

Not a keyboard…here goes!


 

“As the mountains surround Jerusalem,

So the LORD surrounds His people.” Psalm 125:5 

I was going to Jerusalem
I was going to Jerusalem

Yep, that’s the verse. In 2010 the Lord invited me to Jerusalem.

At first thought, my heart skipped a beat with excitement.

After the initial burst of joy, and my mind took over,

Fear set in.

But it was too late,

the Scripture had dropped down into my spirit,

And I knew that I knew, I was going to Israel.

 

I came up with a million and one reasons why

this was not possible for me to go to Israel.

Keep in mind, I am a girl from Philadelphia who has traveled.

I flew the first time in 1967, by myself no less.

My husband and I, while living in Southern California,

flew the back and forth to Philly many times.

My folks drove us as kids up and down the east coast

every summer visiting family from here to there.

So why was I unable to do this?

And what does this have to do with a blanket?

Flying into Philadelphia
Flying into Philadelphia

 

One morning in prayer and distress at the

Prospect of the pending trip in the air,

I cried out to the Lord, and He gave me,

 

“As one whom his mother comforts,

So I will comfort you;

You will be comforted in Jerusalem.” Isaiah 66:13

 

So I will comfort you..Isaiah 66:13
So I will comfort you..Isaiah 66:13

I felt better, but the real truth was

“Lord, what happens when I am in the middle

Of the 9000 mile journey, in the air, I know

the evil one is going to tell me I made a mistake.

I heard wrong. I am SCARED…I can’t do this!”

DSCN3202
9000 mile journey

 

He reminded me what Jesus answered

when the ol’ snake attempted to do

the same to Him. Jesus spoke,

“It is written…” 

It is written...Matthew 4:4
It is written…Matthew 4:4

So it began…I bought the most comfy fabric

I could find. Thinking I could write the words,

But the pen didn’t work very well on fleece.

So I started to stitch the words.

I thought, I would never finish one verse!

 

With each stitch, the Words were beginning

To become engraved on my heart.

And from His faithfulness and comfort

My Promise blanket became alive with hope.

And not one good promise failed!
And not one good promise failed!

 May I share a few verses…

I asked why He would want to bring me there.

Your eyes will behold the King! Isaiah 33:17-24
Your eyes will behold the King! Isaiah 33:17-24

He was faithful! I was not sick, not one day!!


 

I complained I didn’t understand what He was doing.

I would understand later.

What I AM doing...John 13:7
What I AM doing…John 13:7

We talked about how long the journey would take..

Its an eleven day journey Lord!

(As if He didn’t know this!)

And Israel took his journey. Genesis 46:1
And Israel took his journey. Genesis 46:1

Lord, how will I ever make this whole trip?

(I remember thinking on the bus…

I’m not ready to go home!)

Shall I not...cause to bring forth? Isaiah 66:9
Shall I not…cause to bring forth? Isaiah 66:9

Lord, what about my responsibilities at home?

Mary has chosen...Luke 10:42
Mary has chosen…Luke 10:42

My Prince of Peace…

Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

gave me this verse on Easter morning.

“Go to Galilee…there you will see Me”

(I wept like a baby in the Jesus Boat 

gift shop on the Sea of Galilee)

Do not be afraid...go to Galilee..Matthew 28:5-10
Do not be afraid…go to Galilee..Matthew 28:5-10

And the by the time the trip was ready to depart

on February 16, 2011…I was seeing myself

“Walking about Zion!”

Walk about Zion...Psalm 48:12
Walk about Zion…Psalm 48:12

In the LOVE of my Father,

He brought me to His land of Promise.

Love - ahabah - Tav-Aleph
Love – ahabah – Tav-Aleph

and with a desire and new seed planted

in my heart, I believe I will go again!

Let us go at once...I myself am going! Zechariah 8:23
Let us go at once…I myself am going! Zechariah 8:23

“Let us go at once to entreat the favor of the 

LORD and to see the LORD of hosts;

I myself am going!”

Tel Aviv - March 2014
Tel Aviv – March 2014

I Woke Up As A Dead Man

Dear WordPress friends and neighbors,

I’ve laid low for two weeks.

Going back to work after spending the summer writing

and doing what I want to do has been really hard.

Add a “life” decision in the mix,

and my mind and hand

could not pick-up a thought or my pencil.

Encouraged by fellow neighbor, Butterfly Mind

http://andreabadgley.com/2015/08/15/practice-makes-progress/

and her desire to write,

good or bad, she’s committed to write.

I too, share where I left off.


Journal note…I wrote this poem after

waking from making a “life” decision

that made “sense” to all around,

But me.

Clearly, not His will for my path,

I was eating from the wrong “tree”.


“I woke up as a dead man.

No breath within my bones.

Numbness filled my body.

No light of morning song.

Darkness encompassed around me.

I was a man forever gone.

I woke up as a dead man..
I woke up as a dead man..

But then…

You reached out to

Save me.

A “Word” written just for me.

Reminding of the promise,

To eat from Your “life” tree.

Blood returned to circulate.

My heart began to race.

Instead of sorrow and

Darkness,

The shining Light of

Your Grace!”

Shining Light of Grace!
Shining Light of Grace!

Poem by denisebalog

“Awake, you who sleep,

Arise from the dead,

And Christ will give

You Light.”

Ephesians 5:14 (NKJV)


ps: with “pencil” in hand, 

I plan on sharing!

Are You Prepared to Cry?

“To see injustice

Where I walked on by.

To feel Compassion,

Where I closed my eyes.

To hear the children,

Where I once was deaf.

To weep the tears,

Where I once just left.

To feel the piercing

Of the heart,

Where I once was bitter

From the start.

To intercede,

Where I never would.

To extend the hand,

Where it can do good.

To hear Your voice

Over the din.

To be brand new

Where I once was sin.

To drink the cup,

Where I passed it by.

To have the mind of Christ

Is to prepare to cry.”

“Jesus wept.”

John 11:35 (ESV)

Poem by denisebalog


“The unspiritual self,

just as it is by nature,

Can’t receive the gift

of God’s Spirit.

There’s no capacity for them.

They seem like so much silliness.

Spirit can be known only by spirit –

God’s Spirit and our spirits in

Open communion.

Spiritually alive, we have access

To everything God’s Spirit

Is doing, and can’t be judged by

Unspiritual critics.

Isaiah’s question,

“Is there anyone

‘For who has known the

Mind of the Lord

That he may instruct Him?’

 

But we have the mind of Christ.”

1 Corinthians 2:14-16 (The Message)


Photo captured at the Sea of Galilee.

In the little church at “Tabgha”

where Jesus made breakfast for His

disciples on the shore. John 21

In the Season of Stillness They Call

“One by one

I see they’re

Beginning to fall.

Without a breath

Of movement

In stillness they call.

A yellow there,

The tan leaf near

Silently each change

Their color so dear.

The season will change

Without a “fair to do.”

Let my sight be steady,

Continued on You.”

Poem by denisebalog


 

“For everything there is a season,

And a time for every matter

Under heaven.”

Ecclesiastes 3:1 (ESV)